Shah Rukh Khan’s third movie – ‘Happy New Year’ enters Oscar Library

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Farah Khan’s latest multi-starrer ‘Happy New Year’ which made a smashing hit at the box office has added yet another success feather to its hat. Buzz is that, Happy New Year has the great opportunity to be in the prestigious Oscar Library. This news was shared by the filmmaker herself via Twitter. Thanking her writers, Farah had tweeted, “1 more reason 2 celebrate!! #HNY script goes to the Oscar library!! Bigg kiss to my co writers @mayurpuri n Althea k”.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah, ‘Happy New Year’ is written by Mayur Puri and Althea Kaushal. Although the film received mixed reviews, it has become the highest grossing movie ever in Bollywood.

As per reports, the script of HNY finds itself a place in the Core Collection of Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It will be used for research purposes by film students, filmmakers, writers, actors and others from the field of cinema.

Incidentally, Shah Rukh Khan’s earlier films namely ‘Devdas’ and ‘Chak De’ too have entered the Oscar Library.

Not directing ‘Kahaani 2′, clarifies Kundan Shah

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For the director of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”, one of the most brilliant social satires of Indian cinema, it comes as an embarrassing shock to be accused of muscling into Sujoy Ghosh’s territory to direct the sequel to “Kahaani 2″. He denies all the rumours.

“Why would I want to make ‘Kahaani 2’? That’s Sujoy Ghosh’s domain,” said Shah.

“I think he did a brilliant job in ‘Kahaani’. The way he recreated the bustle and tension of Kolkata was amazing. I don’t think any other director could do justice to the ‘Kahaani’ brand,” he added.

Made on a budget of Rs.8 crore, “Kahaani”, centred around Vidya Balan’s character, did a business of Rs.75 crore at the ticket window.

Explaining how he became embroiled in the unsavoury controversy, Shah said: “I went to producer Jayanti Gada with a woman-oriented subject. It was his idea to name it ‘Kahaani 2′ as he says the rights and title are with him. But I am not comfortable with this at all.

“Why should I claim any creative right over the ‘Kahaani’ franchise? It’s Sujoy’s baby. I’d like the producers to patch up with Sujoy and make ‘Kahaani 2′, ‘Kahaani 3′, etc with Sujoy. I’d like to be left out of this.”

Describing his next film as political satire, Shah revealed that just like his first film, there is a dead body in this one.

“I know Satish Shah’s corpse act in ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ is still remembered. But what can I do if a dead body popped up in this one too?”

While Shah clams up on more information on his new film, one learns it is titled “Masquerade”, which he was supposed to make with Mallika Sherawat in the lead. But now the producers will cast a new girl in the lead.

Reacting to reports suggesting that Shah would take off the “Kahaani” legacy, Ghosh said: “No one can make ‘Kahaani 2′ without my consent. I will direct a sequel that would hopefully respect and honour the love that people showed to ‘Kahaani’. I am here only to make films and not to defend my creation against poaching.”

He is not worried about “Kahaani” being taken away.

“It’s mine. Why should I react to some baseless report claiming someone else is making ‘Kahaani 2’? The only thing that bothers me is that my mother in Kolkata reads such stuff and gets upset. She will get used to it.”

Shah Rukh Khan, Salman hug each other at Iftar party

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Superstars Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan hugged each other at an Iftaar party here, indicating the two actors who were not on talking terms post the incident at Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash in 2008, have perhaps patched up.

The actors, who were attending Congress leader Baba Siddique’s annual Iftar party after a long time, faced each other, shook hands and hugged each other when Siddiqui asked them to meet each other.

Both Shah Rukh and Salman seemed perfectly fine, the latter being the one who took the initiative to shake hands and hug Shah Rukh.

The Iftar party took place at Banra Taj Lands End.

Dia Mirza would love to team up with Vidya Balan

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Producer-actress Dia Mirza is busy casting for three films being made under her banner and says she would love to work with Kahaani actress Vidya Balan.

She co-owns production house Born Free Entertainment along with her beau, businessman Sahil Sangha, and actor Zayed Khan. “Love Breakups Zindagi” was their first venture.

“Vidya is someone who I would love to cast in the film. She is a dear friend with a great temperament. She is an easy person to be with and is a powerhouse performer,” Dia told IANS in an interview.

Her wish list doesn’t end on Vidya. Adding more names, she said: “I would love to work with Huma Qureshi and Richa Chadda – they are very talented actors.”

Talking about the status of three projects, Dia said: “We are in the process of developing three films.”

“We will start filming in October. We have invested a year-and-a-half in scripting. It is everything that we stand by…All three will release mid next year,” she said.

The common thread between the three films is “universal human stories”.

“They are all human interest stories. If I had to streamline the genre, I would say each one of them is coming-of-age stories. The milieu of the characters is different. I am excited about the quality of writing. Each writer was given a-year-and-a-half. It has been an exciting and exasperating process,” she said.

Filmmaking is different from narrating good stories on celluloid.

“A lot of us are in a hurry to just make a film. I was clear that whatever I do, it should take care of everything. The priority was story. I wanted to tell unique stories,” she said.

The actress also added that she is not keen on acting in her films.

“I will not take up any role, if the film does not need me,” she said.

David Hindi, Tamil versions on Feb 1

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Despite the news that David release has been postponed to mid-February, direcor Bejoy Nambiar informed that the film will release as per the scheduled date on February 1.

“DAVID HINDI & TAMIL RELEASING ON 1st FEB ! NO CHANGE IN PLANS!,” tweeted the filmmaker Bejoy. Meanwhile, Telugu dubbed David is postponed by a week to mid-February. Starring Vikram and Jeeva in the lead roles, David is directed by Bejoy Nambiar.

The censor formalities have been wrapped up and is awarded U/A certification for this action thriller that has music by six different composers.

Autobiography by Manisha Koirala

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Two months ago, actress Manisha Koirala fainted and was rushed to the hospital immediately. After a round of checkups, she was diagnosed with cancer in her womb which was then surgically removed.

She is currently receiving chemotherapy and treatment at a private hospital in New York. Meanwhile, Manisha Koirala has gone deep in reading spiritual books in her leisure time and has decided to write an autobiography.

“I am receiving treatment that I could afford. God would decide in the end. There is peace around me. This has taught me a lot. As I indulge in spirituality, I realize nothing in permanent. Now, I am experiencing that. I do not know whether this is a curse or my mistake. But it is real. This has taken me to a different plane of thinking. So as to understand the truth in this, I am to write down my thoughts. I would write about the influence of the disease. This would turn out to be my autobiography. The time for th

Prabhudeva’s ABCD in Tamil, Telugu

prabhu-deva-02Prabhudeva’s Bollywood entertainer titled Anybody Can Dance (ABCD) is being dubbed in Tamil and Telugu versions too and will be released simultaneously in all the three languages.

The Tamil version has been titled as ‘Aadalam Boys Chinna Dance’ while it will be released with the same Hindi title in Telugu. The film that deals with dance as a central theme is directed by Remo D’Souza that has Prabhudeva in the lead.

Sachin Jigar composed the musical scores for this first 3D dance movie of India. UTV Motion Pictures has produced the film ABCD lavishly and the Hindi version trailers released a while ago earned good response.

Prithvi teams up with SRK and Abhishek

prithviPrithviraj is on a roll now, as he is all set to team up with Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year.

The actor, who made his debut with Aiyyaa, is currently shooting for the Yash Raj production, Aurangzeb.

According to early reports, the film talks about the events that happen during a dance show. In fact, it was after Shah Rukh said no to the project that there was a major rift between the hero and Farah, who directed him in Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om. Now the two have settled their differences and the shooting will start soon.

Prithviraj, meanwhile, has gone on a vacation with his wife Supriya to France.